The coolant system is an important part of your vehicle.  It consists of a radiator that is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant.  The coolant draws heat off the engine and passes into the radiator.  Air passes through cooling fins which reduces the temperature of the coolant and returns to the engine again.  If not properly maintained the coolant system can overheat, which is the second most common cause for vehicle failures.

Regular radiator maintenance is necessary if you want to keep your vehicle in good running condition.  The following tips will help you ensure that your car’s cooling system is working correctly.  Keeping your coolant system well maintained can help to eliminate expensive repairs in the future.

Check Your Fluids

Fluids are the lifeblood of your coolant system.  For the best protection use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.  Water isn’t an effective coolant on its own and it can cause you engine to freeze in cold temperatures.  Using straight antifreeze doesn’t give as much protection as mixing it with water.  Check your coolant levels regularly to make sure that you have the proper amount of fluid in the radiator.  The engine should be cool whenever you check the coolant level.

Maintain the Hoses and Belts

Check the radiator hoses and belts for cracks or leaks when you change your oil.  Maintaining the hoses and belts will help avoid costly repairs.

Flush the Radiator

Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion.  Over time the additives are depleted and can’t protect the coolant system and other parts from rust, scaling and corrosion.  Having the coolant system flushed every 2 years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first, is a part of standard maintenance.

Following these tips for regular radiator maintenance will prolong the life of your vehicle.  Stop by Earp’s for your auto maintenance needs.